Neil Bokemeier

Neil Bokemeier

Kilimanjaro (Jan/2012!), Glacier National Park, So. Cal., Lake Superior, All over Colorado, Grand Tetons

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Neil's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Paddling
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

Neil's Bio

I just love being outside. There is nothing better than getting away from the craziness and noise of the real world for a couple days in the backcountry. I think Muir said it best with,

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

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Neil Bokemeier wrote an answer about on April 12, 2012

You might have a problem with it since i have the Exped SynMat 9 and I have never had it leak noticibly. I mean, when it gets cold outside, no matter what, the air inside you pumped when it was warm is going to condense a bit. But I have never woken up with touching the ground or uncomfortable. I agree with you though, if it is leaking to where you need to pump more than a couple times, then I would return it and get another one. What type of temperature swings are you seeing? My usualy temperature change was from about 60F to 25F-15F, and I thought it was fine in this temperature range...This is the common drawback to air pads over foam pads....Hope that helps

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Neil Bokemeier wrote an answer about on March 7, 2012

I would fully suggsest the Hestra Heli Mitt. (http://www.backcountry.com/hestra-heli-mitt) . They are also on sale for a great price. Read everyone else's reviews too. They are super warm, very durable. I have used them hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and even just sitting outside in really cold weather down to -40F, and my hands have always been super warm. I am buying a second pair since they are on sale.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on February 28, 2012

4 5

I bought this pack for a hike up Kilimanjaro carrying around 15-25 lbs. a day. It worked really well. I liked the adjustability and easy access. I got the L since I am 6'4, and paired it with a medium rain cover from Osprey which fit perfect. One thing I did notice is if you overload the hip pockets it creates a pressure point, so I had to limit these pockets to just a few items. I did enjoy that the side pockets fit a nalgene great and held it very secure. I beat this bag up pretty good this week and it held up great. Looking forward to more short overnights and day trips with it in the future.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote an answer about on February 23, 2012

I would go with the Hestra. I have put them through a beating and they have held up great, kept my hands super warm in temps as low as -40F, and I have bad circulation and usually always have trouble with my hands getting cold. The leather on these is very strong. I just think these are better put together than the Columbia Mountain Monster Mitt.

I have used them Skiing, Hiking, around town, at 19,000 ft+, snowshoeing....and never been cold once.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote an answer about on February 23, 2012

Dry Lite Towel XS 12” x 24” / 30 x 60cm 1.3 oz 37g
Dry Lite Towel Small 16” x 32” / 40 x 80cm 2.2 oz 62g
Dry Lite Medium 20” x 40” / 50 x 100cm 3.6 oz 100g
Dry Lite Towel Large 24” x 48” / 60 x 120cm 5.1 oz 145g
Dry Lite Towel XL 30” x 60” 75 x 150cm 8.1 oz 230g

Hope this helps!

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Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on February 22, 2012

5 5

I just bought this after losing my Tikka Plus, and it is way better. At first I thought the red light would be a waste, but it was great when my wife wanted to sleep but I wanted to read in the tent, since I could read and not keep her awake with a bright white light. Lamp has great adjustment and stayed on for 8 hours straight in sub zero temperatures on a recent big hike. Can't beat that for the price.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote an answer about on February 22, 2012

It is gore tex, so it is going to get hot. It depends on how hot your feet get but for me, For me, when temps hit 40F+ you are going to be pretty warm in this boot. I usually recommend that if you are going to do a lot of summer hiking, then get a non-gore-tex boot and treat it with some silicone spray. I even do this for most of my winter boots that I am going to be actively hiking in just because I hate when my feet get really hot when hiking, then I stop and they freeze.

For shoveling snow or something I go for a more insulated boot. Really depends on your activity.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on February 22, 2012

3 5

http://www.rei.com/product/406032/potable-aqua-iodine-and-taste-neutralizer-tablets

These tablets only take 30 minutes instead of 4 hours to treat water completely and the taste is great. I recently went on a trip to Africa and had these 4 hour tablets and thankfully someone brought extra 30 minute tablets. For similar price, it is worth it to have the quicker working ones. ALSO REMEMBER TO SHAKE SOME WATER OUT AFTER 5 MINUTES! you have to be sure to do this so the seals and edges of the bottle get treated as well.

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